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As Jindal Criticized Federal Bureaucracy, Louisiana Guard Troops Sat Idle

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While Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticizing the administration for allowing red tape to delay spill cleanup efforts, CBS News points out that the governor has not deployed thousands of the National Guard troops available to help. Here’s CBS News:

Nearly two months after the governor requested - and the Department of Defense approved the use of 6,000 Louisiana National Guard troops - only a fraction - 1,053 - have actually been deployed by Jindal to fight the spill.

Jindal told CBS that while the administration did approve the troop request, the White House told him that individual tasks had to be authorized by the Coast Guard and BP. The Coast Guard responded that every request to use National Guard troops has been approved.

"There is nothing standing in the governor's way from utilizing more National Guard troops," Adm. Thad Allen, the commander of the federal response, told CBS.

During the months that these troops have apparently been available, Jindal has denounced federal bureaucracy for standing in the way of local responders. On May 29, in an appearance on ABC News’ "This Week," Jindal described how federal and BP bureaucracy stood in the way of boom being deployed to stop the oil that was advancing toward Terrebonne Parish..

"In that case, they literally had hard boom sitting on the dock and they didn't deploy it," Jindal said. "There was no excuse."

We’ve contacted the governor’s office for a response to CBS’s story and will update the post when we hear back.

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